Hints that the already high levels of political hostility were about to reach record intensity gathered like storm warnings in the press last week. According to the New York Times, “Oregon’s 11 Senate Republicans fled their state with little more than spare underwear and their passports. They disappeared into Idaho cabins and motels” to avoid voting for taxes on climate change.
Democrats swiftly sent state troopers after their missing colleagues. They shared outlaw posters on the internet, pleading to the public for help…. So it went in Oregon over the past week as a battle over a climate-change bill plunged the state’s capital into disarray, sending Republicans escaping across state lines and leaving Democrats, who usually control Salem, paralyzed, without enough lawmakers present to pass the climate bill — or anything else.
It was only the latest example of how nasty the political discourse has grown across the nation at a point when either Republicans or Democrats dominate the conversation in nearly every state capitol. Divided control — and compromise — is rarely seen. “The chaos and divisiveness of Washington, D.C., is bleeding over into the states,” Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said from her office this week.
That chaos and divisiveness bordered on open revolt. Jimmy Carter suggested that a full investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would show that Donald Trump was illegitimate. Not to be outdone, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro says President Trump liked to terrorize immigrant families by postponing ICE raids until after July 4th. To hear the politicians talk America was living under a tyranny.
The politicians were if anything restrained compared to the press. A guest editorial in the New York Times argued that since the treatment of migrants likely “meets the definition of a mass atrocity,” it would be good if government officials were identified and charged with war crimes.[T]he identities of the individual Customs and Border Protection agents who are physically separating children from their families and staffing the detention centers are not undiscoverable. Immigration lawyers have agent names; journalists reporting at the border have names, photos and even videos. These agents’ actions should be publicized, particularly in their home communities …
The individuals running detention centers are arguably directly responsible for torture … activists should … should lobby for human rights investigations, for other governments to deny entry visas to those involved in the abuses, or even for the initiation of torture prosecutions in foreign courts.
To say that the conservative-liberal dialogue was heated was an understatement. There was in the drumbeat a buildup suggestive of teams psyching themselves to do something bold, building up a mood of defiance and despair so incandescent that Andy Ngo, a conservative journalist preparing to cover an event in Oregon, feared for his safety. He tweeted on June 29, “I am nervous about tomorrow’s Portland antifa rally. They’re promising ‘physical confrontation’ & have singled me out to be assaulted.” There were actual leaflets announcing the planned attack on Ngo.
He wasn’t the only one nervous at developments. David Brooks warned that “the progressive narrative is dominating … because no moderate wants to bear the brunt of progressive fury by opposing it” — that the movement was increasingly held together by fear. As if to demonstrate the point, Bret Stevens, who argued in the NYT that Democrats were enforcing a punitive program on Americans, was himself given the treatment, dismissed as a “full-on bigot.” In the hyperpartisan atmosphere, no disloyalty would be tolerated.
It was no surprise when Andy Ngo was repeatedly pelted by Antifa with concrete milkshakes on June 30, sending him to the hospital emergency room. “Police have received information that some of the milkshakes thrown today during the demonstration contained quick-drying cement. We are encouraging anyone hit with a substance today to report it to police.”
The reactions were equally predictable. Conservatives were outraged but some on the Left argued Ngo had it coming. “I’d argue what the fear mongering he’s done against Muslims plus the work he’s done to discredit hate crimes, helped create an atmosphere of violence that vulnerable people all have to live through just for being who they are. This is bad, but he’s guilty of worse.”
Still, the combativeness of the last few days alarmed those accustomed to regarding themselves as civilized. Nicholas Kristof tried to explain the savagery by explaining that the natural virtue of liberals had been infected by conservative hate and that consequently, some were succumbing to their baser instincts.
I fear that Trump has made it easy for liberal activists to demonize conservatives and evangelicals. People are complicated at every end of the spectrum, and it’s as wrong to stereotype conservatives or evangelicals as it is to stereotype someone on the basis of race, immigration status or sex. … As a liberal, I mostly write about conservative blind spots. But on the left as well as the right, we can get so caught up in our narratives that we lose perspective; nobody has a monopoly on truth. If Trump turns progressives into intolerant agents of incivility, then we have lost our souls.
There was little consideration given to the possibility that liberalism — and Republican conservatism — had lost its soul long before Trump; that somewhere in the decades of media lies, PR myth-making, money printing, cynical foreign policy, abortion and political flirtation with foreign tyrants the establishment had done a deal with the devil quite without the assistance of the Donald.
The far left was shocked when Hillary lost and their dream of an extension of Obama’s march towards socialism was halted. For two years we’ve seen their outrage similar to a spoiled child denied a piece of candy. Now, with another Presidential campaign looming, they look at their field of candidates and realize… they are SCREWED. What they have is a great, big bag of nothing.
Now, they’re really pissed. They aren’t going to get any happier. This will get much more violent, especially since no Democrat politician and no Democrat media tool is going to denounce the violence and demand it be stopped.
Left wing violence wont stop as long as it serves the purpose of tyrants.
August 2017: Independent journalist Keith Campbell beaten by Antifa in Berkeley, CA.
August 2017: CBS photojournalists attacked by Antifa; required stitches in his head.
August 2017: Female reporter, Taylor Lorenz, allegedly punched by Antifa.
August 2017: Journalist shoved and robbed by Antifa in San Francisco.
June 2017: Antifa attacked Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt in Melbourne Australia.
July 2017: Independent journalist Luke Rudkowski beaten by Antifa at G20.
July 2017: Heavy.com journalist Marcus J. DiPaola beaten by Antifa at G20.
July 2017: Heavy.com journalist Max Bachmann beaten by Antifa at G20
August 2017: Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec assaulted by Antifa in DC.
August 2017: Global News crew assaulted by Antifa in Quebec.
April 2017: Daily Caller cameraman assaulted by Antifa in DC
August 2018: NBC News cameraman shoved around by Antifa in Virginia.
August 2018: Same NBC News crew attacked again by Antifa.
November 2018: Journalist Andy Ngo assaulted by Antifa in Portland.
Keith Ellison issued a Tweet in support of ANTIFA, then quickly deleted it, though it has been captured and preserved. This shows two things; one, that Ellison, in addition to being an abuser of women, supports political violence. Second, it proves he knows it’s wrong, otherwise he would not have deleted the Tweet if he didn’t think it was disgusting.
Democrat leadership. Gotta love it.
They have more “fun” planned for DC in the form of more acid attacks. They are now using what amounts to chemical weapons against Americans. Let that sink in. The police in these demokrat controlled cities have been told to stand down in some cases so local law enforcement protection from these Communist shitbags is not a given. The FBI could form a task force and go after them but Wray seems to be more concerned about covering for the FBI’s role in the coup. Options are wearing thin. Since they want to dress and act like ISIS, they should be treated as such. Chemical attacks and attacking people with the weapons they have is attempted murder and deserves a lethal response.
Fret not, Chris Cuomo in his latest defense of them yesterday said they represented a “good cause”. No dems will condemn them because they are to the demokrats what the Brownshirts were to the Nazi’s and what the Red Army was to the Reds.
The taxpayers of Portland must revolt they are not being protected by their police force.
I would be looking to sell and move anywhere but Oregon where the Governor orders the end of the siege and a cowboy protestor gets murdered, but those dressed all in black and masked rule the streets.
Also, since it is their own philosophy, why not throw acid in THEIR faces as soon as you see them in the black garb and masks? No doubt any of THOSE attackers would be arrested.
Just like when Occupy Wall Street was wreaking havoc with violent protests of… what exactly?… the left supports them both overtly and with their silent consent. Honestly, how can ANY American support Democrats?
Unless this is what they want. Liberals don’t mind this. I had a comment about this on a Dallas Morning News article and one response was, “Yeah, but it was the Proud Boys”, parroting that idiot Wilkenson view that all normal social norms and laws are irrelevant if you politically disagree with someone… as long as you are liberal and they are conservative. Even though the Proud Boys were supporting free speech, somewhere sometime they said or did something liberals don’t like, so that authorizes them to send their Brownshirts (Blackshirts?) out to pummel anyone they can find. It is sickening, it is fascist and it is totalitarian. And, it will only get worse.